When Artificial Intelligence came into our lives to stay for good
This is not one the many articles about AI saying that we will lose our jobs in the future or a prediction as Stephen Hawking’s words warned that it might “spell the end of the human race.”
We could ask how our lives would be if we had robots with AI, if you want to get a more negative idea than positive you can see in the series “Black Mirror”, a more advanced world than the present one where they use AI in a fully integrated way in society but in one way or another it leads to more disadvantages than advantages.
I’m here to say that AI is here to help us, not to replace us. I want to speak about AI as Product Designer of WatsomApp, we are using IBM AI to help to detect and avoid bullying in schools, we want to improve students lives. This product is a demonstration of what AI can do for our society, but there is much more.
I just want to show that AI is not good or bad, it’s our society that will decide if we use it to make the world better or worse.
“Everything we love about civilization is a product of intelligence, so amplifying our human intelligence with artificial intelligence has the potential of helping civilization flourish like never before — as long as we manage to keep the technology beneficial.“
Max Tegmark, President of the Future of Life Institute Read full article
What devices or products can we create to improve people’s lives? Here are some that already exist in the market:
Assistants to help you
ALLO from Google, Siri from Apple or Alexa from Amazon. There are others virtual AI assistant as JulieDesk or Nina.
Cognitive era for Health Care
Woebot is a therapeutic chatbot created by a team of Standord psychologist and AI experts.
IBM Watson Health, a division of IBM dedicated to harnessing the benefits of AI and ‘big data’, believes it has the answer, and is already saving the lives of cancer patients (a disease which kills 8m people every year).
Artificial intelligence can be used for actually improving the lives of ordinary people — according to a new study conducted by researchers from the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University, AI could soon be used to fight vision loss due to a complication that stems from diabetes.
The first AutoDrive Car was made from Google, you can see more about how works here.
AI could be applied to cars to prevent accidents in the future since practically 80% of accidents are due to human error. Brands like Volvo, Audi or BMW are already using AI in their new cars. But in the other hand there are a discussion about it.
AI for Good Conference
If you search it on twitter you can find the last international conference about how to use AI to bring human dignity and serving the global good together.
The global concern for a better world applying to AI can be seen in conferences like #GoodAI recently held in Geneva where the United Nations secretary gave a talk in which he said:
“AI is advancing in a surprising way and that it will transform our world socially, economically and politically. AI can help us analyze huge volumes of data so it can help us improve predictions, help prevent crime and governments to be better people.”
On the other hand, Margaret Chan, OMS Director, emphasized that human-centered standards are what should frame our future, she said:
Technology should be a tool but not what determines our future.
If you want more information about this conference please follow this link.
To finish this article I want shared with you some thoughts about Ethic in AI by Virginia Dignum @vdignum:
“AI clearly has the potential to transform the way we live and work, but it is important that we set appropriate limitations and controls. Otherwise the risk is that rather than expanding our horizons and our potential, the compromises that we are already making in terms of access to our personal information could end up compromising our choices, and even our basic human rights.” Read full article
Product Designer at WatsomApp